If spending hours inside in public places still isn’t your favorite thing (or maybe it never was), consider exploring these outdoor murals and art walks around some of our favorite cities. They may inspire you to create some art of your own, provide things to ponder with their words of wisdom, or give you a general overview of what is important to the city where you find it.
Miami, Florida: The Wynwood Walls add to the color of this Florida hotspot known for its colorful buildings. The Wynwood Walls are a major art statement in the city that saw the blank walls of the Wynwood warehouse district come to life through the creations of more than 50 artists since 2009. Since its inception, the project has gone beyond the warehouse walls to include Wynwood Doors, Wynwood Wall Garden Artists, and additional murals painted throughout the neighborhood. To view the walls, visitors can purchase tickets at museum.thewynwoodwalls.com. The Wynwood Walls are about 30 miles from Miami Everglades RV Resort.
St. Petersburg, Florida: A visit to the Central Business District of St. Petersburg will reveal about 50 unique, and extremely colorful, murals painted throughout the area on buildings and storefronts. Once considered illegal, mural painting on public space morphed into the very legal SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, held annually. An interactive map can be found at stpetemuraltour.com.
Portland, Oregon: Check out the Portland Street Art Loop Hike, a more than a three-mile trek around the city to view more than 50 displays of street art. You can find a listing and locations at oregonhikers.org. Take a moment to answer the questions posed in the mural “Questions for Humans” (11th & Ash) or find tranquility while staring at the “Swimming Elephant” at 2314 NE Alberta Street.
Nashville, Tennessee: The wall murals found throughout Nashville cover everything from music to philosophy to nature. You can choose to sign up to tour with Nashville Murals Tour or tackle it on your own – check out visitmusiccity.com/trip-ideas/nashville-murals for locations. We guarantee anyone who has been to Nashville has at least one or two selfies in front of these popular backdrops. The “What Lifts You Up” angel wings is a must-see as is the “Make Music Not War” mural. Stay at Natchez Trace RV Campground while exploring the Music City.
Deep Elum, Texas: The Deep Elum neighborhood outside of Dallas is considered the city’s trendy area when it comes to entertainment and dining. Deep Elum is also the site where you can take a walking tour to see more than 40 outdoor murals that speak to the area’s eclectic history. Visit outsidesuburbia.com for a downloadable map of the walking tour. Both Bay Landing and Lake Texoma RV Resorts are a little over an hour’s drive from Deep Elum.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Black Cat Alley features super-creative murals which transformed an under-utilized alley into a popular art attraction in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. The murals were created by artists from all over the world and depict everything from humans to animals and beyond in a variety of artistic concepts. Black Cat Alley is a little more than an hour’s drive from the two RV resorts located in Milton, Wisconsin.